A seven-year battle over the fate of a 99-year-old railroad trestle in Willow Glen has come to an end this week, a crushing blow for the preservationists who fought to save the rustic relic nestled behind million-dollar homes.
On Monday, a Superior Court judge denied a request for an injunction, a last-ditch effort by the Friends of the Trestle group that had argued Santa Clara County had to approve the demolition because of its financial contribution when San Jose acquired the trestle.
By the time the court ruled, it was already a moot point: Crews began demolishing the bridge on Friday, causing significant damage. The work resumed right after the ruling was issued.
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The nearly seven-year-long fight to save Willow Glen’s historic trestle from demolition has been dealt its latest — and potentially final — blow.
The Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose this past week rejected a request by the Willow Glen Trestle Conservancy and Friends of Willow Glen Trestle to reverse a Santa Clara County Superior Court decision last year to allow the city to move forward with its longtime plan to demolish the 98-year-old wooden bridge and replace it with a new one that would help connect the city’s trail system.
City Attorney Rich Doyle rejoiced at the court’s decision during an interview on Friday, saying that he “hopes this is the end of it.”
“We’ve checked all the boxes and hopefully this means that we can finally get this project moving forward so the public can have access to one more trail that’s completed,” Doyle said, pointing out the frustrating barrier that the years of litigation have placed on the city’s ability to complete Three Creeks Trail.
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